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PDA Proposes New Noxious Weed Law

Friday, June 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG - At the May 28th meeting of the Invasive Species Council, the Bureau of Plant Industry presented a revision to the Noxious Weed Law that they are contemplating.

The current Noxious Weed Law controls a limited number of plant species deemed to be "noxious," including Canada thistle, multi-flora rose and marijuana. The propagation, transport or sale of plant species deemed to be noxious is prohibited and property owners with stands of the weeds are required to remove them at their own expense.

Among the changes proposed in the new law are the creation of three categories of noxious weeds and the addition of a new category called "controlled plants." Controlled plants would require a permit to distribute, cultivate or propagate plants species in this category.

There is a lack of detail about how this new category would be used and how plants would get on the controlled plant list. Much discretion is given to the secretary of agriculture in establishing this the species included in this category.

PLNA is asking that members read and provide comments on the new draft law to Gregg Robertson at grobertson@PLNA.com by July 12, 2013.

For your review:

Existing Noxious Weed Law
Proposed draft  Noxious Weed Law
PDA's Synopsis of the draft Noxious Weed Law


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